The sleeping beauty is being awoken

… and a badge of honour is being restored to this winery.

We are two wine enthusiasts who fell under the charm of this wine estate for both its unusual history and age-old prestige…… which is in need of being revived. And this is exactly the sort of challenge we enjoy taking up !

2015 marked the beginning of a new era. When Mr. and Mrs. Dupuy decided to hand over the estate, they naturally directed themselves towards Jean-Pierre Derouet and Emmanuel Bouvet, negociants and respected businessmen who had already been commercialising the estate’s wines.

A new dynamic

une nouvelle dynamique

Welcome to our magnificent Château La Vieille Croix winery.

You are at the heart of Fronsac A.O.C, an appellation which today is quite unheard-of and referred to as the « Sleeping Beauty » but, throughout the XIXth Century its reputation was higher than that of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol.

Emmanuel and I are delighted to welcome you to this special place so that we can share our passion with you for these wines which combine suppleness, strength and fleshiness with refined and subtle aromas.

We also wish to share our adventure of giving the winery a new start.  I had been commercialising this winery’s wines for more than 20 years when the owners Mr. and Mrs. Dupuy suggested I took over the estate; an opportunity to make a dream come true : producing our own wines in Fronsac, and alongside some of the greatest ones ! This also meant devoting time and the necessary means to create wines with our signature whilst revealing the best from this unique terroir.

Our ambition is to take these wines to the pinnacle of their expressiveness by means of single-plot selection and manual cultivation techniques worthy of the ‘grands crus’ names.

But that’s enough about us now!  Let’s get on and discover the estate of La Vieille Croix together and start tasting some good wines.


Emmanuel Bouvet & Jean-Pierre Derouet